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Nicolas Bétrancourt serves up production service in France with the knowledge and experience gained producing his own projects worldwide.   As the PSN France Partner, he offers a few keys to successful production in France in this recent discussion.

Q:  Nicolas, what could be the best reasons to shoot in France?

A:  Well, there are too many to list here but…seriously, French locations are renowned worldwide.  Of course, one may think about our historical monuments, Paris the romantic city, etc. But think about the Alps, the wild shores of Brittany, the wide beaches of Normandy, and the contemporary buildings.  I know of at least 20 cities where we could easily shoot cinematic sequences!

Q:  But in France the problem is still the language, isn’t it?

A: Ah! While that was true 10 years ago, our crew nowadays are almost all fluent in English. The young guns, new generation travels quite a lot. Many DOP’s, steadycams, and post-production folks are well-known abroad, and that’s thanks, in part, to being able to work in English. 

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Gritty sports on the streets of Peru for Gatorade contrast with a Mitsubishi Motors Australia road trip or Mercedes dreamscapes of Spain.  Key to the creative execution of each was the choice of location.  

Check out these recent films and more shot on location in Hungary for TP Link and Chile for Booking.com.  Get inspired!  Call on PSN to find your ideal location.

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While the charms of European locations are widely known, there remain lesser explored corners of the Old Continent where fresh locations welcome filmmakers and photographers working with a wide range of budgets.

If you’ve not yet considered shooting in Estonia, Latvia, or Lithuania, PSN Baltics Partner Dagmar Mae has more than a few reasons that you’ll want to do so for future film and photography projects.  In this recent interview she reveals some of the treasures that await creatives in her homeland. 

Q: What do you think brings foreign producers to the Baltic countries? 

A: The Baltics are the great secret of Northern Europe; which in the recent years is making a distinct mark as an attractive filming location. 

What brings foreign producers here is our capability to provide interesting locations combined with cost effective prices and a ‘straightforward’ attitude. 

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This month’s opening of a horizon tank in New Zealand adds a new dimension to the local film industry.  PSN Partners in Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe are now strategically positioned to provide full shoot support in countries with operational water tanks.

Commercial filmmakers shooting a project that calls for a tank can often contain costs by choosing to shoot in a country where the rest of their creative brief can be accomplished.

PSN Partners in Mexico, Ireland, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Romania, and Australia have contributed to a newly published article in LBB that features the new water tank near Auckland while offering specs of other tanks worldwide.

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Commercial producers are driven to deliver more content for less cost.  And Eastern Europe has long been a cost-effective haven for location shoots.  Lesser known is the region's draw for producers of projects requiring studios and back lots.

Industry media KFTV interviews PSN's Michael Moffett about how the trend is playing out in recent commercial films serviced locally by PSN Partners in the region. 

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And all the while having fun at it!  After all, a bit of mischief keeps us on our toes.  So let the kids race sports cars and fly that drone at the airport.  And film it all to remind us that where there’s a will there’s most definitely a way when it comes to PSN shoot support worldwide.

Happy viewing of these films and more in our latest newsletter.

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Producers shooting film and photo projects overseas have good reason to look south.  While this may be the season, there are lesser-known advantages that make countries like New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Uruguay, and Chile worth considering year-round.  

Need a state-of-the-art water tank?  A Russian arm?  How about babies galore?

LBB surveyed PSN Partners in each country, and their clients, about exchange rates, visas, drone flights, infrastructure, and more to share the results of that research in this article shining a spotlight on work and pleasure on the other side of the Equator.

 

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The creative use of drones in filmmaking can easily get grounded by restrictions on location.  That’s where creative production shines.

The decision to pre-record the drone display of lights during Lady Gaga’s recent Super Bowl halftime performance is just one example.

PSN Ireland producer Dara McClatchie confronted another challenge for a recently released Virgin Media Ireland film.  Director Brian Williams sought an airplane hangar opening out onto a tarmac where he could film one continuous shot with a drone.

“Utilising the full PSN network across Europe (our tight schedule didn’t allow for travel further afield) we were able to pin down several great location options within 48 hours,"  says McClatchie. “The restrictions around drone filming narrowed the options but we were able to offer our client a superb choice and hand on heart say we had looked throughout Europe for the optimum filming location.”

The resulting film shot on location with PSN Ukraine is featured in this just released LBB article.

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Romania is a fabled land of Europe blessed with a wide variety of filming locations that doesn´t blow the budget.  At the helm of PSN Romania is Giuliano Doman, a producer accustomed to meeting high expectations at low costs.

Q: Why Romania?  What draws producers to shoot in your country?

A: International filmmakers are fascinated by our stunning locations at remarkably accessible prices.

Film permitting is smooth, and the costs are less as compared with other European countries.  Our professional crews are equally accessible.  And visas are easily obtainable when needed. Americans and Europeans don’t even require them.

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The can-do attitude to be found in New Zealand is legendary.  And thanks to an enviable list of feature films shot there, including Avatar, the Hobbit series, King Kong, and more, producers are increasingly aware of the advantages that our PSN New Zealand Partner, Iris Weber, can deliver on demand. 


Q:  What is the best season to shoot in New Zealand?

A:  New Zealand is popular with visiting productions seeking opposite season looks all year round.  Our southern hemisphere summer runs from December to March, with long daylight hours and impressive light. Fall is from March to May. Winter runs from June to September with snow on the mountains. The rest of the country rarely sees snow, so locations at lower elevations can be shot year round. Spring is from September to November.

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